With the help of American Legion Post 157 and Senator Susan Collins, the World War II veteran has been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for Valor, seventy years after his death.
"It fills me with a sense of awe that a 19 year old would give up his life so that his comrade could live. That is absolutely extraordinary," says Sen. Collins.
Mel Schulstad, Dobbin's commanding officer, had the flu and was not on the plane. His son says the accident stayed with him until his recent death.
"He thought of this as his airplane and his crew. And he was proud of them. He would be delighted," explains his son John.
Both veterans and family members agree the large turnout speaks to the strong sense of community in Stockton Springs.
"I know how tight small communities are and how much they work for each other and do things for each other," says Gene Dobbins, Jerry's nephew.
Members of the post add it was fitting to finally honor Dobbins in time for Veterans Day.